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Public Health Graduate Spotlight - Kelechi Udoh

Friday, 06 April 2018

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Kelechi Udoh (MSc Public Health graduate 2014) tells us what he’s been up to since graduating...

Since graduating with an MSc in Public Health in 2014, I have worked in Public Health research consulting. This has seen me lead several large research projects across Nigeria and Liberia.

I have recently gained a place at the University of Birmingham to study for a PhD focused on research methodology. My PhD will explore how researchers in health and social sciences determine and justify their sample sizes. I will also look at when they employ the five qualitative research approaches (narrative, phenomenological, grounded theory, ethnographic, and case studies).

This PhD is important because over the past decade, while there have been several analyses into the topic, there are still huge gaps. And a wide range of connected literature is needed to provide a comprehensive and nuanced view of the topic. My PhD will employ a novel literature review approach - in which I will try to clearly map out the various stages involved in review and synthesis methodology.

My PhD will also examine the usefulness of this approach in advancing science, as this approach could help address various challenges in current approaches (such as systematic reviews). I hope that my work will get to the root of the strengths and weaknesses of different ways of conducting research and contribute to the development of new knowledge that improves research processes.  

I am currently exploring opportunities to secure funding for my research and hopefully should do so in time for the programme start in September 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the research discourse and be part of the development of a new methodology. I am looking forward to it!